Loudon in dark about New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s push for night racing
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88) crosses the finish line after running out of gas on the last lap of the Coca Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Kevin Liles-US PRESSWIRE)
NASCAR at nightNASCAR has 10 regular-season night races on this year’s Sprint Cup schedule at seven speedways. Four of the tracks are owned by Speedway Motor Sports, the parent company of New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
April 13: Texas Motor Speedway*
April 27: Richmond (Va.) International Raceway
May 11: Darlington (S.C.) Raceway
May 18: Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway*
May 26: Charlotte
July 6: Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway
Aug. 24: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway*
Sept. 1: Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway*
Sept. 7: Richmond
Oct. 12: Charlotte
*Speedway Motor Sports properties
Arnie Alpert of Canterbury said track officials will find strong opposition to a proposal for lights at the track.
Alpert, whose home is near the track, was one of the people who filed suit against the town for alleged improper conduct by a town board during the track’s permitting process. He and another complainant settled out of court after being awarded the stipulation in the track’s agreement with the town that no new races would begin after 7 p.m.
Gappens, who could not be reached for comment Monday night, told NASCAR.com that he understood that he would have to get local approval to erect lights at the track, but said things have changed since the track was built in 1989-1990.
“They’re working on sanctioning agreements and scheduling (for 2014),” he said, adding that a lighted race in Loudon would probably not take place until 2015.
“I don’t know what Mr. Gappens has in mind, I guess we’re about to find out,” he said.
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